CAPA Legislative Guiding Principles

Purpose: To develop, support, and advocate public policy and legislation to improve IHSS, and other long-term care program services that provide consumer-directed community living options for people with disabilities and seniors.

1) Consumer Direction and Consumer Centered Planning
CAPA supports:

  • The central role consumers must have in program planning, policy development, and implementation
  • Choices that emphasize the consumer’s dignity, independence, and quality of life
  • Consumer access to information about long term care options, including how to access services, complaint and grievance procedures, and individuals’ rights under the law

2) Collaboration and Coordination with State and Local Stakeholders to Improve Training, Job Skills Development, Recruitment, and Retention of IHSS Providers
CAPA supports:

  • Pursuing long-term funding and support, statewide and local, to address ongoing IHSS provider training needs
  • Developing long-term strategies for the recruitment and retention of IHSS providers to ensure that there is an adequate workforce to meet the needs of California’s aging population and people with disabilities
  • Creating a data framework, regarding IHSS providers, to include goals, indicators, and benchmarks that track efforts related to training, job skills development, recruitment, retention, and other aspects of IHSS service delivery 
  • Adopting a person-centered view of IHSS providers and offer training and resources to meet their needs to ensure successful outcomes and retention

3) Public Policy that Sustains and Promotes Innovative Long-Term Care Program Services
CAPA supports:

  • Availability of services and supports for community living in the most integrated settings, consistent with the US Supreme Court Olmstead decision
  • Continued improvements to the IHSS program and long-term care program services
  • A person-centered view of the consumer including their health, social, recreational, spiritual, and other unique program and service needs
  • A long-term care system that maintains a no wrong door approach and integrates all long-term care services

4) Elimination of Disparities Impacting Long Term Care Programs
CAPA supports:

  • Culturally competent and accessible community-based services
  • Expanding eligibility for public programs to meet the long-term care needs of the growing number of seniors and people with disabilities
  • Using comprehensive functional assessments as the only basis for
    determining service eligibility
  • Shifting focus and funds from institutional to community and home-based services